So you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about in my title - I might manage to alter it before I get to the end of the posting - which would be funny because 'altering' is what this post is all about.
Primarily I'm no different to all those other crafters out there - you know that glazed look when you get more excited about the packaging when you open your presents at Christmas and birthdays than the actual present - how someone else's discarded 'junk' becomes another item for my treasure chest. The only problem is actually getting around to altering these things - I mean I love them and I'm always sure they'll come in handy eventually but sometimes I just don't manage it.
When I sorted my crafting cupboards out recently I discovered (to my horror) that these 'alterable' items in a box were now bigger than two of the boxes - so my mission is to get to them and either alter and use or pass them back to the universe for someone else to nurture. So your mission should you wish to accept it is to do the same - and come and tell me when you have and then I can visit your blog and between us the alterables box can be prevented from taking over the world!
So in the alterables box today is - a jigsaw puzzle game bought when I first started doing mini books about 4 years ago - I bought it, sanded it and then covered one side of it in what was then very 'nice' papers out of my first pack of papers that my hubby bought and then it got put in my alterables box and hasn't seen the light of day since.
So Friday I took the jigsaw and decided that I really didn't need it to be used as a jigsaw puzzle any more (ahem bind-it-all at the ready), I then sanded the edges and set to with the paint, initially with sap green acrylic but then threw a bit of ultramarine and violet in for good measure, using a dry household paint brush and baby wipes and then to speed things up (I'm known for my patience LMAO) I dried with my heat tool
Then I grabbed a load of stamps and some black ink and hit the pages again
Bind it all at the ready
Then I grabbed the treasure hunt photos in the box and set to capturing that particular journey out.
A little bit of journalling, bind it all and a load of ribbon later (big thanks to Suzy AKA Suzysnail on UKScrappers for some of these gorgeous ribbons) and te-der it's all done.
And the next challenge you might add is?
This gorgeous vanity case
and KP nut tins from Christmas - well you have to don't you!
If you stop by - say hi
I'll leave you with a little anecdote from yesterday -
Whilst in Homebase we went and had a look at the wardrobes in their furniture section - said 9 year old had the most fun opening and closing and telling me which one we should buy, so much so that the sales rep made a bee line over towards us obviously spotting us as 'sale of day' fodder - and was but ten paces off when said 9 year old declares (as he opens umpteenth wardrobe) - "Mum, Mum come and look at this shed"
I don't know whether the sales rep diverted away from us due to hysteria, confusion or sheer bewilderment - what do you think?